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New Zealand lottery shop shortchanges winner

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A New Zealand lottery winner who double-checked his jackpot found he had been shortchanged thousands of dollars by a storeowner.

TVNZ reports the owner of a Lotto shop in Kapiti Coast told the man he had won $642 New Zealand ($440 U.S.). It turns out when the lucky winner checked with the Lottery Commission the actual payoff on his $6 ticket was 50 times that amount, or about $20,000 U.S. dollars.

The commission said Lotto shops are required to have computer screens visible to customers and to return winning tickets to their owners.

The Lotto shop owner is no longer in business and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

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Sparta, NJ
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Posted: November 11, 2005, 10:52 am - IP Logged

Guess he thought he won an annuity.

Cheers

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    bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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    Posted: November 11, 2005, 1:46 pm - IP Logged

    A New Zealand lottery winner who double-checked his jackpot found he had been shortchanged thousands of dollars by a storeowner.

    Obviously, the man didn't double check his ticket very good or he would have known he had won more then $600 bucks.

    Dance like no one is watching.

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      Posted: November 11, 2005, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

      I wonder if he could read.  There are a lot of people who can't, and need help of the clerk.

      Cheers

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      I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

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        Posted: November 11, 2005, 7:02 pm - IP Logged

        Guess he thought he won an annuity.

        Very funny!!Jester  For some reason your comment had me laughing out loud. Guess I need a life.

          bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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          Posted: November 11, 2005, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

          I wonder if he could read.  There are a lot of people who can't, and need help of the clerk.

          That could be true, if it weren't for the fact that he said he double checked his ticket.

          Dance like no one is watching.

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            Posted: November 11, 2005, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

            Hummmm Good point.  Maybe its my reading needs improvement.

            Cheers

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            I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

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              Posted: November 11, 2005, 10:11 pm - IP Logged
              Gidday folks!
              I guess we get rip-off merchants everywhere, no matter how idyllic the location.
              Well, the Kapiti Coast now has another claim to (international) fame, apart from its beautiful cheeses.
              Regards
              Tony.
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                Posted: November 12, 2005, 7:58 am - IP Logged

                NZ may be a great place, but they took a hit on this one.  Wouldn't worry, some other merchant will rip off some one this afternoon, in another part of the world, and the focus will change.  Besides, with the robbery's and murder's taking place in their own cities, most people won't even read about this.

                Cheers

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                I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

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                  Posted: November 12, 2005, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

                  i hope they squeeze that kiwi dry for trying to steal from his fellow countryman. bad man bad man.

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                    Posted: November 12, 2005, 3:08 pm - IP Logged

                    The clerk was a bad man, but the other man who "claimed" to have double checked his ticket has some fault on his part.

                    Dance like no one is watching.

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                      Posted: November 12, 2005, 10:24 pm - IP Logged
                      Too true Chewie!
                      As for the probable "punishment" likely to be meted out to this person StarChild_45, it'll probably be a slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket.  We will see but I'm not holding my breath.
                      However Pauline, the part of the story with regards to the winner double-checking his ticket, was slightly misleading.
                      Apparently, he knew that his ticket had won a prize but did not know the exact amount of the payout.  After he was paid out, he checked the official results and discovered then that he had been ripped off.
                      As an aside, when one wins a prize here, a computer generated "ticket" detailing the particular lottery draw, issuing merchant, the amount of the prize etc, is issued by the paying merchant, along with the prize.  This validating ticket was not issued on this occasion, which is what made the payee suspicious and take the steps that he did.
                      The actual winning ticket is retained by the merchant and forwarded to the Lotteries Commission, for audit purposes.
                      If and when anything else develops with this case, rest assured that I'll pass it on.
                      Thank you all for your comments.
                      Cheers!
                      Tony.
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                        Posted: November 13, 2005, 1:01 am - IP Logged

                        starchild_45, squeeze that Kiwi.  that made me laugh.  But merchants have a quick hand too!  Some will get ya if they can.  A cashier was talking real fast to my daughter one day and making sure she kept my daughter focused on lookiing at her face and she gave my daughter a bogus total and I saw my daughter giving her the money (I was about twenty-five feet away) and did I run to the counter.  She had gotten my daughter's money and was about to give her an incorrect amount of change.  Of course she "Made a mistake".  I watched her for a few months and she eventually was dismissed form the store.  Stores have employees who steal to ya'll.Thud